As one of the least-known corners of South America, Guyana is a truly off the beaten track destinantion. It also boasts both a rich culture and a pristine environment. It’s almost the size of Victoria but with less than a 750,000 population and 87% virgin rain forest. The Country receives barely 3,000 tourists a year which is less then Machu Picchu can receive in a quiet day.
A country of cowboys, rich wildlife, waterfalls, table top mountains and flooded savannas in the Amazon Basin, but yet it’s a Caribbean country of great rum, cricket and music. Its neighbours include Suriname, Brazil, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados giving you the opportunity to combine these destinations.
The ethnic make-up of Guyana is Amerindians, Africans, Indians, Europeans, and Chinese which creates a fascinating mixture of religion, culture and festivals and cuisine that you do not find anywhere else in South America.
Guyana is an English-speaking country allowing travellers to speak to everyone along their journey and converse with the Guyaneses guides in their mother language.
There are 9 Amerindian tribes in Guyana and exceptional community tourism experiences. Visitors can stay in community-run lodges rather than international chain hotels. Visitors can therefore immerse themselves in village life.
Guyana offers the chance to see among others Jaguar, tapir, 8 species of monkey and over 800 species of birds. An Iconic bird that can be seen is the Harpy Eagle, know as one of the world’s largest eagles.
Kaieteur Falls is the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall and 4 times the height of Niagara Falls at 741 feet.
Guyana is gateway to Suriname, with its UNESCO World Heritage capital, Paramaribo and its fascinating culture, scenery, history and wildlife. It’s also gateway to French Guiana, an overseas department of France with its attractions main attraction, the European Space Agency. Cayene and the Devil’s Island – famous for the story of Papillon – are also attractions in the French department.
Guyana combines easily with blue waters and lovely beaches of the Caribbean for a two-centre of adventure and relaxation.